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2022
Government's 'objective' to cut childcare costs before Christmas - Taoiseach
Martin warned that the toughest period in this crisis could be wintertime.
# sharon keogan
'Check your Christian values': Senator asked to leave Oireachtas committee during surrogacy hearing
Committee chair Kathleen Funchion TD was forced to suspend the meeting after comments from Independent Senator Sharon Keogan.
# families
Babies born in Ukraine through surrogacy may be brought back to Ireland more quickly than usual
The Department of Foreign Affairs is working with parents whose babies are due to be born soon in Ukraine, where tensions with Russia are high.
# Surrogacy
Parents expecting baby via surrogate in Ukraine urged to contact Dept, Seanad told
Senator Mary Seery-Kearney said she has been in discussions with Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney about the issues.
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# Stardust fire
Calls for urgent resolution to legal fees impasse for Stardust families
Campaigners said this morning that the Department Of Justice has reneged on its “past promises” to pay for work undertaken by their legal representatives.
# online help
From art to fitness, here's how to keep your kids entertained online during social distancing
People are using their skills to help parents through online videos and downloads.
# Homelessness
'If you said 50 years ago there would be families living in tents because they can't afford rent, I would have laughed'
The Dublin Simon Community is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. How different was the homeless problem back in 1969?
# Homelessness
Landlords selling a private rental property one of the main drivers of family homelessness in Dublin
The research from homeless charity Focus Ireland examines family homelessness in Dublin.
# Review
Inquiry to be considered after children reassured hearing was fine only to be told years later of impairment
The HSE issued apologies to 60 children as result of failings related to paediatric audiology services.
# Homelessness
'My dad was on heroin... I was put into care when I was 8': The experience of young homeless families
A new report looks into the experiences of new families with young parents.
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis
Varadkar says FG can look proudly to its record in 'caring for families'
Varadkar said Fine Gael is a “compassionate party” that has a role in offering a helping hand to those that need it.
# Homelessness
Homeless crisis will not begin to ease until at least 2021, committee told
A Trinity professor said the recategorisation of homeless figures has “undermined confidence in the data”.
# families
Growing up in Ireland: Just one in four 9-year-olds get recommended level of physical activity
One quarter reported being physically active for at least 60 minutes every day.
# Vulture funds
Mortgage-holders caught up in PTSB loan sale to be invited to tell of the turmoil it has caused
Sinn Féin’s finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said a full committee session should be dedicated to the loan book sale.
# Homelessness
The number of homeless families staying in hotels in Dublin has shot up once again
The figures had been dropping, but November shows an increase in families staying in hotels.
# Homelessness
Housing Minister says his department has 'no evidence' of homeless families 'gaming the system'
Murphy was responding to comments from the outgoing chairperson of the Housing Agency.
# Laois
'We are dealing with a substantial amount of flooding': Army called in to help in Mountmellick
The government has announced an emergency scheme to repair flood damage done to small businesses.
# siege of jadotville
Concern over space for families at medal ceremony for Jadotville survivors
The Department of Defence has said it has put in place arrangements to accommodate additional attendees.
# this town ain't big enough
I'm having a second child. What's the best way to tell my first?
Chrissie Russell has a baby on the way and a curious three-year-old. So she asked for some expert advice.
# Discrimination
'People in council estates won't put down their address on job applications for fear of discrimination'
Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan said he had heard many stories of people hiding where they are from.
# Childcare
Have kids? Here's what Budget 2018 means for parents
An increase to some child benefits, investment in the State’s free childcare scheme and more teachers are among the changes.
# Culture Night
Here's what's on this Culture Night for families
We’ve got a round-up for you in advance of the event on Friday 22 September.
# Homelessness
'The impact on children is very severe': 18 babies were born into a homeless charity's services last year
Depaul Ireland launched its 2016 annual report today.
# Childcare
Childcare payments may differ from county to county after creche fee audit
The review will take 10 months to complete and will inform Minister Katherine Zappone’s future budget decisions.
# helping hand
Five times more children sign up to childcare schemes aimed at less well-off families
The highest sign-up rate for childcare services was in Roscommon, Donegal, Sligo, Kerry, Galway, Carlow and Leitrim.
# growing problem
'A crisis of unprecedented scale': How will the Government end family homelessness?
The State has struggled to cope with growing numbers of homeless children and families.
# Children
Cork hoping to get its own BUMBLEance to bring critically ill children to hospital
It’s hoped the vehicle will make 500 trips per year.
# numbers boost
An extra 975 SNAs will be allocated to schools this September
Some 864 assistants will be allocated in the coming days.
# july deadline
Can Simon Coveney meet his own deadline for getting homeless families out of hotels?
It is unlikely that the July deadline for getting families out of hotels will be met.
# Death and Taxes
Parents may no longer have a 'moral duty' to provide for children in wills
The Law Reform Commission has made some recommendations.
# Homelessness
Explainer: How does a homeless family end up having to present at a Garda station for shelter?
12 families slept in parks, Garda stations or offices on Tuesday night as they had no place else to go.
# no beds
12 homeless families with over 30 children told to present to Garda stations as there were no beds for them
There were no beds available for the families on Tuesday night.
# Terrorism
'The parent is the expert': How to talk to children about the Manchester attack
An Irish psychologist explains how to talk to your child about a terror attack like last night’s.
# high park
'I just wanted a bed, I was sleeping on my mam's sofa': Living with homelessness
TheJournal.ie spoke to a number of residents at new homeless accommodation in Dublin.
# Newborns
7,000 fathers have taken paid paternity leave since it was introduced
The initiative allows fathers to take two weeks off work to help care for their babies, if they have enough PRSI contributions.
# family supports
Prisoner parenting course aims to prevent mothers and fathers from reoffending
Evidence shows that fathers who have positive relationships with their children are six times less likely to reoffend.
# crisis
More than 2,500 children were homeless in the last week of November
From 21-27 November, a total of 1,023 families were homeless in Dublin alone.
# remains of the dead
The hunt to find the owners of urns found on the Mexico subway
The man trying to reunite them with their owners is Donovan Alvarado.
# Your Say
Poll: Should relatives get more inheritance tax relief?
Finance Minister Michael Noonan is said to be planning a break for children, but not other relatives.
# Italy
Irish family "loses everything" as fire rips through Italy holiday camp
The family were left with their passports and a mobile phone.